Panthers Give Cam Newton Permission To Seek Trade

The Panthers may be moving on from Cam Newton. On Tuesday, the club announced that they have granted their star quarterback permission to seek a trade.

One of the distinct pleasures of my career was selecting Cam with the first pick in the 2011 draft,” GM Marty Hurney said in a statement. “Every year difficult decisions are made and they are never easy. We have been working with Cam and his agent to find the best fit for him moving forward and he will always be a Carolina Panther in our hearts.”

Newton, 31 in May, captured the NFL’s MVP trophy in 2015 and led the team to the Super Bowl. He also owns just about every franchise record for QBs.

Unfortunately, injuries have taken his career in a different direction as of late. The three-time Pro Bowler has gone under the knife multiple times, including surgeries to his throwing shoulder and left foot.

Newton may have lost some of his luster, but he should still hold appeal for teams in need of QB help. He’s slated to make just $18.6MM this season, making him a fairly affordable bridge option.

Any interested clubs will want to take a close look at his aforementioned maladies. At last check, we heard that Newton could ready to throw sometime this month, though the Panthers were planning to be cautious with him and delay some of his work until later in the spring.

Meanwhile, the Panthers are showing very strong interest in quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, sources tell Dianna Russini of ESPN.com (on Twitter). They’ll have competition for Teddy Two-Gloves, however – the Bears have shown interest (though they seem ready to pivot towards other passers) and the Bucs also see him as a strong fallback if they’re unable to land Tom Brady.

If the Panthers don’t go for Bridgewater, or another one of this year’s high-profile free agent QBs, they could consider a passer in the first round of the draft. The Panthers own the No. 7 overall pick, putting them in good position for most of this year’s top signal callers.

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16 comments on “Panthers Give Cam Newton Permission To Seek Trade

      • letmeclearmythroat74

        Sort of … I don’t think he’s trash but he is for sure overrated.

    • joeyrocafella

      That’s a dumb comment. You’ve clearly not watched Cam play football in the last 9 years. Overrated as the league MVP a few years ago, huh?

      • victorg

        yeah i would never say CAM was trash i do think he was a BIT over hyped similar to say Mike Vick but Cam can hold his head high and say he had a great career and made the most out of his run, i do think he has 3 above average to maybe even ALL PRO years left in the right system.

    • Dodgethis

      Why are we commenting on the dodgers? Everyone knows they are overrated trash. Go a few more billion into debt to field a semi competant team…

    • victorg

      if i were BB my wish list would be if there were my options Cam<Dalton<Teddy<Carr

  1. Natergater77

    Cam will be a damn good consolation prize for whomever loses out on Brady.

    Bucs?

  2. whipmaster

    That is the NFL for you. They’ve decided to move on from Newton but instead of waiving him and letting him sign without restriction with whomever has a mutual interest they are making Newton find a trade partner which will reduce the number of teams open to him because of cap reasons. If I am Newton I would sit tight and wait and force the Panthers to cut him.

  3. MarcG

    Trade Cam and the #6 pick to Was for #2 & and a 2nd rounder.

    Trade #2 and 2 3rd round picks to Cin and draft Joe Burrow.

    Cincinnati gets more draft capital plus Tua or Chase Young.

    Cam and Rivera back together again Haskins learns from the bench, still pick high in the 1st can draft one of the top linemen to replace Williams (who they can trade to regain the 2nd rounder)

    Panthers get Burrow to continue running Bradys offense and have 2 2nds to work with.

    • wordonthestreet

      If Bengals want Burrow they are not swapping first rounders to just add two 3rd round picks.

      • MarcG

        I’m not sure they’re sold on Burrow being the best qb available. Tua is who they were going to snag pre injury. 2 3rds to move 1 spot is a great get especially for a team with a lot of holes. I honestly think Chase Young should go #1. Take it from a 49er fan he might be better than Bosa and is by far the best edge rusher in the draft. The difference in qb quality between Tua, Burrow, Herbert & Love isn’t much. They could also get the 2nd tier qbs Hurts or Eason with their #1 pick in round 2.

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